16 September 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The United Nations says Boko Haram terrorists in the past three years used 140 children, mostly girls, in a series of attacks including suicide bombings in the North-East.
The body further disclosed that as much as 80 child fighters or bombers have been used in 2017 alone.
UNICEF Country Representative and UN Country Task Force representative, Mohammed Fall stated this in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Friday during the signing of Action Plan regarding Children Associated with Civilian JTF.
Stressing that the use of child fighters and child bombers by Boko Haram constitutes war crime and crime against humanity, he stated that the body responsible for war crimes charges at the United Nations headquarters should take up the allegation against Boko Haram.
“From our record, 140 children, mostly girls, have been used by Boko Haram in the Northeast in the last three years.
“It is war crime and crime against humanity. Boko Haram should stop recruiting and using children for attack especially suicide bombing,” Fall told newsmen.
He said the UN signed the Action Plan with Civilian JTF to ensure children are protected in the violence-torn northeast, adding that the signing of the Action Plan would remove the name of the volunteer group from the lists of armed fighters using children in their activities.
On his part, the Civilian JTF legal adviser, Jibrin Gunda said the volunteer group set age limit for its members since its debut in 2013.
“The age limit of anybody who wish to join CJTF is 18 years. No child is accommodated in the group and all efforts have been taken to ensure no child is allowed,” he stated.